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Question: Has Bush caused the US to be outflanked?
The main Trend we have seen at Maravot News is that Bush's hostile policies worldwide have created new alliances among the EU, China, India, Russia and the Middle East. Also, the Monroe Doctrine is being challenged in South America.
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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) With President George W. Bush promising to speed help to anxious and frustrated survivors of Hurricane Katrina, questions emerged on Friday over the qualifications of those leading the relief effort. Many of those at the top of the US agency charged with managing disaster relief had no emergency oversight experience but did have political ties to Bush, the Washington Post reported. In addition, embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown had less experience in disaster relief than described in his official agency biography and cited during his confirmation hearing, Time magazine reported. It quoted a local official as saying a prior job was "more like an intern" than a manager.
September 9 ... Powell, 68, who recently visited storm survivors at Reunion Arena in Dallas, said he was "deeply moved" by the families displaced by the devastating storm and was critical of the preparations for Hurricane Katrina. "I think there have been a lot of failures at a lot of levels local, state and federal. There was more than enough warning over time about the dangers to New Orleans. Not enough was done. I don't think advantage was taken of the time that was available to us, and I just don't know why," Powell told ABC News' Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview airing Friday night at 10 p.m. on "20/20."
September 9 (Jerusalem Post editorial) On the second weekend of January 1979, shortly after I had moved to Chicago, a 50-centimeter blizzard struck the city. In its wake, the temperature plunged well below zero, and even in a city accustomed to harsh winters, the El trains came to a virtual halt. When the next work week began, city officials came up with a solution. On one of the transportation system's major lines, trains picked up a full load of passengers in the white neighborhoods of the far South Side and rumbled past platform after platform of frozen, wind-whipped blacks on the 20-kilometer route through the ghetto to the downtown Loop.
09.09.05 Mumbai again hit by heavy rain, traffic affected
MUMBAI, India (AFP) September 9 Heavy rains on Friday flooded streets and brought rail traffic to a standstill in parts of Indiaıs main financial city, Mumbai, still recovering from a deluge six weeks ago that killed more than 400 people. A sense of panic spread across portions of the city after streets started to waterlog, evoking memories of July 26, when 944.2 millimeters (37.1 inches) of rain fell in a one-day period and tens of thousands of commuters were forced to walk home for hours in waist-deep water. Aside from the 438 people who were killed in the city through drownings, landslides and building collapses, more than 200 people died later from waterborne diseases. Weather officials, however, Friday said that, while more rains were expected in coming days, they would not be exceptional. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
09.09.05 Filipino and Indonesian militants collaborating to raise funds for new attacks: reports
MANILA (AP) September 9 Muslim militants in the Abu Sayyaf group in the Philippines and their Indonesian allies have been trying to solicit money from unidentified Middle Eastern financiers to buy weapons and fund new terror attacks, according to government reports. Details of the fund-raising effort and planned attacks were obtained by Philippine security officials from Indonesian counterparts, who recently captured two suspected militants with knowledge of Filipino rebel activities, the reports said. Copies of the reports, which summarized intelligence relayed by Indonesian authorities, were seen by The Associated Press on Friday.
09.09.05 Update, 09.08.05 Pakistan wants India-type Nuclear deal with US
WASHINGTON, September 8 Pakistan should have the same access to US civilian nuclear technology that President George W. Bush has proposed for India, the Pakistani ambassador to the United States said. Jehangir Karamat, Pakistan's former Army chief, also warned that "the balance of power in South Asia should not become so tilted in India's favour, as a result of the US relationship with India, that Pakistan has to start taking extraordinary measures to ensure a capability for deterrence and defence."
09.09.05 Pakistan, India to sign gas pipeline agreement in December
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) September 9 Pakistan and India said on Friday a tripartite framework agreement to build a $7 billion gas project to pipe Iranian gas to South Asia would be finalized by December 2005. "We believe a substantial progress has been achieved and we are moving towards the implementation phase," Pakistan Petroleum Secretary Ahmad Waqar told news conference after talks with Indian officials in Islamabad. Officials from both countries, who discussed legal, financial, technical and commercial aspects of the project, expected physical work could start in the middle of 2007. [More>>expressindia.com]
09.09.05 Mahathir triggers diplomatic walkout with attack over Iraq
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) September 9 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad triggered a diplomatic walkout from a human rights conference Friday when he accused the United States and Britain of killing innocent civilians in Iraq. Mahathir, who is famous for his anti-Western rhetoric, described Britain and the United States as liars, terrorists and murderers, prompting diplomats including British High Commissioner Bruce Cleghorn to leave the venue. Cleghorn ³was not prepared to listen to a tirade of abuse and misrepresentation of his country and its foreign policy," British High Commission first secretary Edward Hobart told AFP. Hungarian ambassador Tamas Toth confirmed he also walked out in protest, saying his country was part of the ³coalition of the willing² and has sent troops to Iraq.
09.09.05 US Iraqi force arrests 200 militants
September 9 A joint US-Iraqi force punched deep into Tal Afar, a key insurgent staging ground near the Syrian border, and the Iraqi Army said it arrested 200 suspected militants - three-fourths of them non-Iraqi Arabs. The US military reported killing seven insurgents in the past two days in the predominantly Turkmen city, where 70 percent of that ethnic group is Sunni, the sect that dominates the Iraqi insurgency. There were growing indications that the US-Iraqi force was preparing to intensify the operation.
NEW ORLEANS, September 8 In a grim indicator of what may lie ahead, authorities were removing the remains of more than 30 people from a flooded nursing home in a suburban New Orleans parish. The discovery at St. Rita's Nursing Home in lower St. Bernard Parish came as 25,000 body bags arrived at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Early Thursday, the official death toll along from Hurricane Katrina stood at 294, but that number is expected to rise dramatically.
September 8 Peter N. Spotts, Christian Science Monitor, reports: Down in bayou country, the Mississippi River's spreading fingers have spent the past 7,000 years building, then deserting, old riverbanks as they course through the delta toward the Gulf of Mexico. Topped with crushed clamshells, many of these old banks have become virtually the only roads through the region.
09.08.05 Caribbean leaders sign up to Petrocaribe
September 8 Caribbean leaders yesterday formally signed up to Petrocaribe, the much touted oil initiative put forward by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez aimed at offering cheap crude to developing countries. Under the plan, Caribbean governments would pay market price for Venezuelan oil, but they would only be required to pay a portion of the cost up front and could finance the rest over 25 years at 1-percent interest. Governments could also pay for part of the cost with services or goods such as rice, bananas or sugar while oil-rich Venezuela would provide assistance in expanding shipping and refining facilities.
09.08.05 Putin says Baltic Sea gas pipeline will extend to Britain
BERLIN (RIA Novosti) September 8 The Baltic Sea gas pipeline will eventually go across the Netherlands to reach Backton, Great Britain, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at a press conference in Berlin. Once the gas pipeline is extended to Great Britain, it will be 3,000 kilometers long. Putin said the gas pipeline, currently scheduled to be built under the Baltic Sea from Vyborg in northeast Russia to Greifswald in northern Germany, with extensions to Sweden, Finland and the Kaliningrad Region (Russia's enclave in the Baltic Sea), will be 1,200 kilometers long.
09.08.05 Siberian oil pipeline to go to China first: Putin
September 8 Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that his nation's trans-Siberian oil pipeline will export oil to China, instead of Japan, first, the Wall Street Journal reports. In a meeting with Western analysts and journalists at the Kremlin late on Monday, Putin said shipments initially would go to China's oil center in Daqing, according to the US newspaper, citing participants of the meeting.
09.08.05 Saudi says five most-wanted militants killed in protracted battle
RIYADH (AFP) September 8 Saudi Arabia said on Thursday that five Al Qaeda suspects on a most-wanted list were killed in a three-day battle with security forces in the eastern city of Dammam, the latest in a series of offensives against the militants. Four security men also died in the operation, which began with a shootout Sunday in a commercial thoroughfare in the main city of the oil-rich Eastern Province and ended Tuesday with the storming of a militants hideout in another neighborhood.
09.08.05 Medical experts: Yasser Arafat died of AIDS or poisoning
September 8 An analysis of the confidential medical report on Yasser Arafat's death reveals three main possibilities as to the cause: poisoning, AIDS or an infection. Israel and foreign doctors who have seen the report say the details do not lead to a conclusive determination on what caused the death.
09.08.05 Yushchenko sacks Ukraine government over corruption scandal
KIEV (AFP) September 8 Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dismissed his government amid a deepening corruption scandal that had produced a string of high-level resignations and called into question the integrity of the "orange revolution" leader's administration. "I am signing an order to dismiss the government and the secretary of the National Security Council," Yushchenko said in a televised statement on Thursday.
09.08.05 Japanese encephalitis kills 53 in India
September 8 The death toll from an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in northern India reached nearly 600, officials said Thursday, as another 53 people died overnight. Authorities struggled to find money for pesticides that could stop the spread of the mosquito-borne disease. Hospitals in India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh, are struggling to cope with the influx of patients suffering from the disease. Another 123 people were hospitalized in state-run institutions overnight, bringing the total number of reported infections to 2,400, hundreds of whom remain in hospitals, said Vijay Shankar Nigam of the state's health department.
CAIRO (AFP) September 7 The death and devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and the slow response to the catastrophe by the Bush administration has shown up the "impotence" of the world's only superpower in the eyes of many in the Middle East. Some of the more vitriolic commentators in the Arab world even suggested the hurricane was a just revenge for American "killing and plundering" across the globe, including its war on Iraq.
BANGKOK (Reuters) September 7 US police face a ³hell of a task² to identify thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims left rotting in heat and humidity similar to the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, a top forensic expert said on Wednesday. "I donıt envy them at all," said Detective Superintendent Derek Forest, a Briton who has been running the largest forensic operation in history to try to identify the nearly 5,500 victims of the Dec. 26 disaster in Thailand.
WASHINGTON, September 7 Hurricane Katrina could slow US economic growth by 0.5 to 1.0 percent for the rest of the year with the loss of 400,000 jobs, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. [jang.com.pk; See more details turkishpress.com. In a separate article, "New Orleans floodwater contaminated with E. Coli, lead" : New Orleans floodwaters contain unsafe levels of E. coli and coliform bacteria, as well as lead, and contact with the water should be avoided, US Environmental Protection Agency chief Stephen Johnson urged Wednesday. [jang.com.pk]
September 7 Hurricane Katrina killed most of the fish in the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Web site reported. The animals were killed when the facility lost power and the staff had to evacuate. A small staff is tending to the surviving animals and preparing to move them out of the facility, which is at the foot of Canal Street along the Mississippi River. The Aquarium of the Americas was considered one of the foremost aquariums in the world, the conservation Web site Mongabay.com said. "It had 10,000 fish representing more than 530 species and featured four enormous exhibits -- Mississippi River gallery featuring catfish, paddlefish and alligators; the Caribbean Reef exhibit featuring a clear, 30-foot-long tunnel surrounded by aquatic creatures; the Amazon Rainforest display featuring piranhas and tropical birds; and the Gulf of Mexico exhibit featuring sharks, sea turtles and stingrays -- in addition to a number of smaller displays." Some animals survived the loss of power, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Web site reported...Meanwhile, New Orleans' other animal centers fared better, with only a pair of river otters reported dead at the Audubon Zoo and a whooping crane lost at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species. [Full story>>cnn.com]
NEW ORLEANS, September 7 To the estimated 10,000 residents still believed to be holed up in this ruined city, the mayor had a blunt new warning: Get out now - or risk being taken out by force. As floodwaters began to slowly recede with the first of the city's pumps returning to operation, Mayor C. Ray Nagin instructed law enforcement officers and the U.S. military late Tuesday to evacuate all holdouts for their own safety. He warned that the fetid water could spread disease and that natural gas was leaking all over town.
WASHINGTON (AFP) September 7 US Senator Hillary Clinton fueled the political debate over Hurricane Katrina on Wednesday, insisting on an independent inquiry into the federal response and sharply rejecting President George W. Bushıs bid to lead the probe himself.
09.07.05 Iran says ready to satisfy international nuclear concerns
ISLAMABAD (AFP) September 7 Iran will continue with its atomic programme but is ready to satisfy any international concerns, its chief nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday as he held talks with Pakistani leaders. Ali Larijaniıs visit to Pakistan a fellow Islamic republic but also a key US ally is part of Tehranıs search for regional support amid threats that the row over its nuclear plans could be referred to the UN Security Council. ³Having said this principle, that we are determined to have nuclear technology, at the same time we are fully prepared to have any negotiation or discussion to remove the international concern,² Larijani told reporters after meeting Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
09.07.05 Growing energy moves by China make US angry
September 7 China will be increasingly in conflict with the United States if it continues to pursue good relations and energy deals with countries U.S. believes ³problematic², a senior Bush administration official said Tuesday. However, Beijing says it has pursued an independent foreign policy, guided by the principle of mutual respect for sovereignty, mutual benefit, non-interference into each otherıs internal affairs and peaceful coexistence, which is earning it growing friends.
09.07.05 Talabani: Saddam has confessed
September 7 Iraq's president says former leader Saddam Hussein has confessed to crimes, including killings committed under his government. President Jalal Talabani told Iraqi television on Tuesday that he had been informed by an investigating judge that "he (the judge) was able to extract confessions from Saddam's mouth". Talabani said the ousted leader had spoken about crimes "as executions" which he had personally ordered. Iraq's new president said some of the confessions involved cases actively under investigation but he did not specify them. Saddam Hussein faces his first trial on 19 October for his alleged role in the massacre of Shia Muslims in Dujail, a town north of Baghdad, in 1982. The former president could face the death penalty if convicted. [More>>aljazeera.net]
LISBON, May 21 Adam Porter reports: Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.
08.25.05 The photos Washington doesn't want you to see
August 25 Gary Kamiya offers a report everyone concerned about the cost of Iraq should examine : The grim reality of Iraq rarely appears in the American press. A photo gallery reveals the war's horrible human toll. This is a war the Bush administration does not want Americans to see. From the beginning, the U.S. government has attempted to censor information about the Iraq war, prohibiting photographs of the coffins of U.S. troops returning home and refusing as a matter of policy to keep track of the number of Iraqis who have been killed. President Bush has yet to attend a single funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq. Click here on a disturbing photo gallery, salon.com via spiegel.de; you may wish to compare these photos to this or this: the photo of a girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam (from bbc.co.uk). The photo from the Vietnam era is of "Kim, her skin is burned so badly...
August 9 (Maravot News, Mel Copeland) A trend in combatting terrorism has to do with what constitute's extremist activity, including teachings by immams, publication of books and retail book stores, etc. Statements like (8.09.05) Bakri Mohammed's, "...it would be 'against Islam' for him to inform the police of any terrorist attacks that he knew were being planned in Britain..." are better understood through an examination of modern scholastic trends in reinterpreting the Koran. See:
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
08.13.05 "Using force the George W. Bush way Bush's crusade"
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